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Earn Your Degree in Brass and Woodwind Performance
1, 2 and 4 year programs available

Brass & Woodwind

The Brass and Woodwind Performance program is designed to develop your instrumental technique and stylistic vocabulary so you can excel in a variety of musical contexts, both on stage and in the studio. You’ll gain essential music skills through a combination of ensemble performance and individualized instruction that respects tradition and encourages innovation. Whether you’re into jazz, classical, funk, fusion, rock or hip-hop, you’ll have the support of experienced faculty to help you master the music you’re most passionate about.

We offer performance degrees for the following wind instruments:

  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet

By building a solid foundation in music theory, sight reading, aural skills and improvisation and soloing techniques, you’ll graduate prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths as a professional musician.

Ready For The Real World

As a Brass and Woodwind Performance major you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment that directly mirrors the music industry. You’ll gain stage experience through the many playing opportunities on campus and around the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. By joining any of the Premier ensembles, such as the X-Tet or Fusion ensemble, you’ll also have the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally. You’ll get to record in state-of-the-art studios with fellow performance majors. You’ll learn how to compose and arrange your own music, how to book your own shows, and how to market and promote yourself as a player and artist. And through our job board, you can find gigs with original bands and commercial groups.

You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. With access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music and arts scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as a professional musician, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of the music business. That’s why our Brass and Woodwind Performance degree program focuses on developing your creativity and musicianship while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to accomplish your goals and establish your career.

With a comprehensive education that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll be ready to make and sustain a life in music.

Your Career Path

Graduates of the Brass and Woodwinds Performance program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Professional Musician
  • Touring Musician
  • Session Player
  • Music Director
  • Composer
  • Music Teacher
  • Private Lesson Studio